Pusa Hill Forest (Central Ridge - New Delhi)

In Search of Pusa Hills

Searching for Pusa Hills we roamed all around the Buddha Jayanti Park but in vain. So we came out and asked an Auto driver if he knew of the existence of any forest nearby. He had no clue. He asked if we had any map or so. I showed him the map and showed him the exact location where it was marked ‘Pusa Hill Forest’. He said ’40 bucks. I’ll leave you there’. We took the auto. He left us somewhere that's 'not' in the middle of any forest. It was pretty much in the middle of a town. My confidence in finding and hill or forest started to fade away.

We were dropped in front of a place which is essentially the Indian Agricultural Research Institute. My friend enquired the security guy if there was any hill or forest inside. He gave a rather blank look. He finally composed himself and said that there was a garden in there, where we might have a look. We thought of having a look. We strolled inside till the IARI Library. Yes, there was a huge garden. A typical manicured garden, definitely not a forest and no trace of hill. We walked all over the university and came back. It was a vast campus sprawling in an area of 500 hectares.
This is located in the midst of a green foresty region (Central Ridge Reserve Forest). A walk/drive on that road is real worthy. But still, I seriously doubt if the forest would have any animals at all, even some small deer or monkeys.

Well, if you know, if the forest exists and if at all the hill exists, lemme know maybe I could venture there on my next trip.

Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), Pusa Hill Forest

Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), Pusa Hill Forest

Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), Pusa Hill Forest

Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), Pusa Hill Forest

Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), Pusa Hill Forest


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  1. Hey why don't you explore the JNU campus..ITs a great campus.. with forest, birds and a bit of hills... If you go there don't forget to visit the rock theater.. its awesome!

  2. Got to appreciate ur quench for visiting unheard of places :)
    U provide us with useful info about these places ,gr8 going :)

    keep up the good work
    cheers !!!

  3. I dont think the Pusa hills exist anymore.... the campus is of course, beautiful, but the place has developed so much, there isnt much left anyway... i remember when i was a kid, we had relatives living somewhere near, and it was still a bit wild.. i remember peacocks coming to my uncle's house now and then....

  4. @AK,
    Sure. Would visit JNU Campus on my next visit. Thanks for the visit, comment and the piece of info...

    Thanks sweetheart.. :) Loved your expression.. :)

    Thanks ma... :)

    That's sad... Great to know you've been to Pusa before it got destroyed. Great again to know you've seen peacocks in Pusa. Its so disheartening to digest the situation!!! :(

  5. I found the page describing Pusa Hills. Hope it could be of some help..

  6. You could see that on the left side of the road in front of ICAR-National Institute of Agricultural Economics and Policy Research (NIAP) towards Todapur-Indepuri. It stretch from ICAR-NIAP till Todapur. I am not sure you could explore inside like JNU or Mehruli but you could have a look through the wired fences. There is a DDA forest park which is close to the R-block chowk towards Pusa ITI. I think you can access that.
    best wishes


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